In just one night, Democrats overpowered the entire Republican convention last week as four speakers landed body blow after body blow on GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The combined speeches of Vice President Joe Biden, independent former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, and President Barack Obama left Trump’s reputation as a businessman and leader in tatters.
Each speaker made the case directly to independents and disenfranchised Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton. Biden spoke directly to working middle class whites in the Midwest. Bloomberg, a New York billionaire, ripped Trump’s business record to shreds. Kaine directed remarks to Latinos and mocked Trump like a cartoon figure, and Obama went directly after Trump’s character.
“His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in that phrase he is most proud of making famous, ‘you’re fired,’” roared Vice President Joe Biden. “He is trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. Give me a break. That is a bunch of malarkey.”
“Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business,” said Bloomberg. “God help us. I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one. Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”
“Folks, you cannot believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth, not one word,” said Kaine. ““But don’t take it from me. Take it from former first lady Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush said she didn’t know how any woman could vote for him after his offensive comments. Any woman. Any woman.”
“Then there’s Donald Trump, he’s not really a plans guy, not really a facts guy, either,” said Obama in a 45 minute address. “He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated.”
Obama also attacked Trump for his lack of foreign policy experience and controversial statements he’s made throughout the campaign.
“He cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein, and tells the NATO allies that stood by our side after 9/11 that they have to pay up if they want our protection,” said Obama. “Well, America’s promises do not come with a price tag. We meet our commitments. And that’s one reason why almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago.”
The night was capped off by Hillary Clinton who made a surprise visit on stage to hug President Obama. She addresses the delegates Thursday night and will have some tough acts to follow.
For his part, Trump offered a reserved tweet in response to the attack by Democrats.
Our country does not feel 'great already' to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2016